Birds of MICA

The beautiful MICA campus

I was back at the MICA campus recently to take a couple of sessions of Digital Media Planning & Buying. My previous (and my first) visit to the campus was in August of 2019 and this trip reinforced the positive feelings I have for this unique campus.

The campus is located on the South Western outskirts of Ahmedabad city, in a place called Shela. The campus is just the right size for a medium sized educational institution. At around 15 acres, it is neither too small to make the place look cramped and not too big to make it impersonal. Add the beautiful landscape of lush green lawns, leafy trees and the built environment of low rise exposed brick architecture, and you have all the right ingredients to make it a wonderful place for learning.

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The place is also bordered on one side with a branch of the Narmada canal. Add the fact that it is located amidst farmland, well away from the hustle and bustle of the city and you have a place that’s a dream for bird-watchers.

I have, so far, spent only about 5 days at the campus, and spent about 4 hours in total in bird-watching. But in this time, I have observed no less than 52 species of birds. To put that in context, I have counted 65 species in the 18 months that I have been maintaining records on ebird.

Here are the birds I spotted during my stay of around 28 hours in the MICA campus this week:

  1. Indian Pond-Heron
  2. Cattle Egret
  3. Little Egret
  4. Black (Red Naped) Ibis
  5. Oriental White (Black Headed) Ibis
  6. Black Kite
  7. Oriental Honey Buzzard
  8. Western Marsh-Harrier
  9. Grey Francolin
  10. Indian Peafowl
  11. Red-Wattled Lapwing
  12. Common Redshank
  13. Eurasian Collared-Dove
  14. Spotted Dove
  15. Little Brown Dove
  16. Blue Rock Pigeon
  17. Rose-Ringed Parakeet
  18. Plum-Headed Parakeet
  19. Asian Koel
  20. House Swift
  21. White-Breasted (Throated) Kingfisher
  22. Small Bee-Eater
  23. Lesser Golden-Backed Woodpecker
  24. Rufous-Backed (Long-Tailed) Shrike
  25. Black Drongo
  26. Brahminy Starling
  27. Common Myna
  28. Indian (Rufous) Treepie
  29. House Crow
  30. White-Eared Bulbul
  31. Red-Vented Bulbul
  32. Rufous (Tawny) Bellied Babbler
  33. Jungle Babbler
  34. White-Browed Fantail-Flycatcher
  35. Common Tailorbird
  36. Indian Robin
  37. Great (Cinerous) Tit
  38. Purple Sunbird

Of these, I was particularly delighted at spotting two ‘lifers’ – The White-Eared Bulbul and the Rufous (Tawny) Bellied Babbler. The formed especially delighted me as it is only found in North-west India.

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